South Africa have won the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 32-12 victory over England.
England were looking to avenge their defeat to the Springboks in the 2007 World Cup final but they endured a nervy start.
With barely 45 seconds on the clock Courtney Lawes gave away a penalty and it looked as if South Africa would take an early lead.
But, fortunately for England, Handre Pollard’s kick went right of the posts.
England got away with it on this occasion but they would suffer a huge blow when Kyle Sinckler was forced off just minutes later.
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The 26-year-old was caught in the face by teammate Maro Itoje and appeared to be knocked out cold.
Thankfully Sinckler was able to walk off under his own power but his World Cup final was over after just three minutes. Dan Cole came on as his replacement.
South Africa were dominating early proceedings as they had England camped in their own half.
And they put the first points on the board just before the 10-minute mark.
Owen Farrell was penalised right under the posts after failing to release the ball after being tackled.
Pollard really could not miss and he made no mistake this time to give the Springboks an early advantage.
South Africa continued their domination for the next 10 minutes but a knock-on allowed England to get out of their own half for the first time.
And Jones’ men capitalised on their opponents’ mistakes as Farrell kicked three points of his own to level the scores.
England were hoping that would calm their nerves and they could kick on from there but they made yet another error after the restart.
A knock-on led to a South African scrum and the Springboks would be given another opportunity to kick at goal.
And Pollard made up for his early mistake by kicking between the posts to restore his side’s three-point advantage.
Quite literally everything was going wrong for England. This looked a shadow of the side that dominated The All Blacks in the semi-finals.
They were lucky to only be three points down after half-an-hour played.
But, amazingly, England were level again after 34 minutes.
England had the ball just metres from the South Africa try-line and were in a good position to score the first try of the game.
The Springboks’ defence held firm, though, as they repelled wave after wave of England attack.
They forced England back and Jones’ men were forced to settle for three points and level the score once again.
The Springboks went into the break with a six-point advantage though as Pollard kicked his third and fourth penalties of the game.
It really was a disastrous half for England. South Africa were the dominant side for large portions of the 40 minutes.
But the gap between the sides was only six points meaning the final was still very much in the balance.
South Africa dominated the scrum in the first half and that continued at the start of the second 40 minutes.
They shoved England back and forced them into conceding another penalty five minutes after the restart. Pollard kicked between the posts for the fifth time to give his side a nine-point lead and breathing space.
England’s World Cup hopes were hanging by a thread but they fought back well after going nine points down.
Jones’ side won a rare scrum just after the restart, allowing Farrell to kick through the posts.
They were given another penalty minutes later when Pollard was penalised for holding onto the ball, but this time Farrell’s kick at goal went narrowly wide.
Pollard and Farrell converted penalties shortly after meaning the score was South Africa 18-12 England going into the final 20 minutes.
The decisive moment came 14 minutes from the end as South Africa got the first try of the game.
Makazole Mapimpi’s chip over the top was latched onto by Lukhanyo Am, resulting in Mapimpi scoring for the Springboks. Brilliant try.
Pollard then kicked the conversion to give his side a 13-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
And it was all over just five minutes after when South Africa scored their second try of the game.
A devastating counter-attack from the Springboks led to winger Cheslin Kolbe going over the try-line.
And the game would end 32-12 to South Africa.
In truth, the Springboks were dominant throughout and were thoroughly deserving of their victory.
They have now won their third World Cup following their triumphs in 1995 and 2007.